LUMINEERS® are an excellent option for people who are unhappy with the cosmetic appearance of their teeth, yet do not want crowns. These ultra-thin porcelain slips fit perfectly over the teeth making them look cosmetically perfect, white and completely beautiful. An off-white or crooked smile can cause serious confidence problems. LUMINEERS® are a fantastic alternative for patients wanting a beautiful smile without surgery, harsh chemicals or painful treatments.
For LUMINEERS® to be applied, the underlying teeth, bone and gums must be healthy. Patients with gum disease or tooth decay must be treated before LUMINEERS® placement. Unlike dental veneers, LUMINEERS® can be left in place for over 20 years or removed upon request to expose the intact original teeth. LUMINEERS® can be fitted in just two appointments, and add pizzazz to the smile.
Here are some of the problems that LUMINEERS® can solve:
- Filling Large gaps between the teeth
- Straightening misaligned teeth
- Reshaping misshapen teeth
- Covering stained teeth
- “Evening” uneven gums and teeth
- Beautifying unnatural-looking or unattractive bridges and crowns
How can LUMINEERS® benefit me?
LUMINEERS® provide a wide range of advantages over similar treatments. The most meaningful advantage to anxious patients is that no painful alterations of the teeth are required before the LUMINEERS® application. The covers themselves are so thin and unobtrusive that speech and eating are seldom affected.
Here are some of the other advantages of LUMINEERS®:
Last over 20 years.
No harsh drilling of inner tooth mechanisms.
No pain or discomfort.
Only two dental visits required.
Option to place multiple LUMINEERS® at one time.
Perfect, pearly-white teeth.
Thickness of a contact lens.
Totally reversible treatment.
Are LUMINEERS® strong enough?
LUMINEERS® are constructed from Cerinate® porcelain, which is known for its exceptional strength. Even though LUMINEERS® are thinner than dental veneers, they are less likely to break or chip. Additionally, Cerinate® porcelain can be color-modified and balanced. This means that different levels of opaqueness and translucency can be delivered.
How are LUMINEERS® applied to the teeth?
One of the main reasons LUMINEERS® are so easy to fit is that little etching has to be done beforehand. With veneers, teeth might have to be permanently altered or drilled to ensure the best fit. However, LUMINEERS® offer a beautiful end product without any drilling, anesthesia or extensive etching. This factor alone can reduce the time in the dental chair by almost half, when compared to traditional veneers.
NOTE: This might be a great time to decide if you like the shade of your other teeth. If you want a whiter, brighter smile, consider teeth whitening before you choose a shade for your new LUMINEERS®, and come back after your teeth are the shade you like.
During the initial visit, Dr. Atkins might take a bite impression and do X-rays to determine the exact way the teeth fit together. The bite impressions are sent to the laboratory for your LUMINEERS® to be custom-crafted. Dr. Atkins also thoroughly examines the teeth to ensure that no tooth decay and no signs of gum disease are present. Together, you and Dr. Atkins and his staff choose the color of the LUMINEERS® (maybe to match your new, whitened teeth) and discuss the desired level of transparency.
The LUMINEERS® are bonded to the teeth at the second appointment. Once the LUMINEERS® are in place, Dr. Atkins carefully polishes them until they are completely smooth. The advantage of this smoothness is that bacteria and staining agents cannot easily adhere to the surface of the LUMINEERS®.
The LUMINEERS® are finally separated. Up until this point, they are still attached where the bite impressions suggest teeth would naturally join. The treatment is finished, leaving a beautiful white smile, and perfect, healthy teeth.
If you have questions or concerns about LUMINEERS®, please ask Dr. Atkins.
LUMINEERS® and Cerinate® are registered trademarks of Den-Mat Holdings LLC.